An odd thing happened in Maricopa County during the 2020 election. They banned the use of sharpies during early voting and mail-in ballots, but they broke them out to use on Election Day. Why would they do that? Could it be because the vast majority of people who vote early or by mail tend to be Democrats, whereas Republicans vote mostly in person on Election Day?
Why would they do that? Because sharpies tend to bleed through the ballots and make them unreadable. The auditors found a good number of ballots that were filled out with sharpies. That can invalidate the ballots and make the votes not count.
Arizona instructions on marking ballots say not to use sharpies of any kind. That seems pretty cut and dried to me.
Maricopa County and the lapdog press tried to downplay the fact that sharpies can invalidate votes. In fact, they deny that it is a problem at all. Why then would they issue specific instructions not to use sharpies and that they banned the use right up until Election Day? It only makes sense if they wanted votes to be invalidated or kicked out for adjudicating at which time the votes can be switched.
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The ballot system used in Arizona is an optical scan system. The ballots are tabulated by optical scan readers. The readers are machines that have been calibrated to read the markings on the ballots. The type of ink that is most likely to be recognized by the reader is blue or black ball point ink. Other colors of ink may or may not be read by the tabulator depending on the ink formula mixture used by the ink manufacturer. The safest choice is a simple blue or black ink ball point pen.
Since ballots frequently have issues or candidates printed on both sides of the ballot, you want to be certain to use a marking device that does not “bleed through” to the other side since this could cause the bleed through marking to be interpreted as a vote. We therefore strongly suggest that you do not use felt tip markers such as magic markers or Sharpies. Stray marks of any kind should be kept to a minimum. Once again, the safest choice is a standard blue or black ink ball point pen.